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Ertugrul is the Game Of Thrones rival you never knew you needed in your life

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‘This could be one for Game Of Thrones fans…’ is becoming an all too familiar phrase these days.

But is it really surprising given that people are trying to capitalise on the show ending, leaving a fan base of millions itching for more of the same thing?

There’s plenty of channels and studios who have tried to ride the wave of Thrones mania from Vikings through to the recent Sky offering of Brittania, and more are coming.

However, there’s one show that you may have overlooked, which has become one of the hottest shows to binge on Netflix since its release last year – though you may never even have heard of it.

Ertugrul: The Resurrection (AKA Diriliş: Ertuğrul) is the series in question, and it is HUGE.

Ertugrul is the Game Of Thrones rival you never knew you needed in your life
Dirilis: Ertugrul (Ertugrul: The Resurection) is one of the most popular series streamed on Netflix, but did you know it even existed? (Credit: TRT 1 TV)

In fact, the fourth season is still running as we speak, and episodes dwarf that of HBO’s own fantasy epic, clocking up two hours with most installments.

The premise of the show is that it’s a historical drama based in what will be the Ottoman empire. Set in the 13th century it follows Ertugrul, one of the most famous warriors of his time, who just happened to be the father of the man who founded the empire, Osman.

Ertugrul is the Game Of Thrones rival you never knew you needed in your life
Set in the 13th century it follows Ertugrul, one of the most famous warriors of his time, who just happened to be the father of the man who founded the empire, Osman (Credit: Tekden Film)

In the show’s synopsis he’s described as an ambitious man who wants to bring peace to his countrymen, but he is trapped in the middle of a war. Crusaders are besieging his homeland on one side, the Byzantines at another, and the brutally expending Mongol nation headed by the Khans are at another.

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Throw into the mix a conflict between the love of his life and his desire to seize the destiny that he has been told is his, and you have quite the drama.

The star of the show is Engin Altan Düzyatan, who plays the titular character, and Esra Bilgiç.

The first two seasons of the show are currently available to watch on Netflix UK.

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